Never doubt that a small number of dedicated people can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.
I love the words above from anthropologist Margaret Mead. I think they are empowering and a reminder of our innate ability to shape the world.
Too often we fail to exercise our own power to change the world because we think that we have little power to do so. We all too often see ourselves as unseen players on a huge stage, that our existence is noticed by no one.
But what we fail to understand is that we change the world by our very existence. It comes through the way we carry and express ourselves, in the manner in which our actions and words affect those close to us.
We create the patterns for our young, molding the way in which they view and act within the world. Our actions and words set the tone for their future, building a sense of openness and possibility or one of angry pessimism in them. Calm words, thoughtful reactions and a strong resolve to do what is right can change the world in a small way. It can only make it better.
And this attitude will attract others and together their power to affect changes increases dramatically. That is how changes comes to this world. It starts with one person who creates an atmosphere where anything seems possible, especially those things that stem from positive attributes.
I see this new piece, The Figurehead, a 5″ by 27″ painting on paper which is part of my upcoming Kada Gallery show, as an embodiment of this sentiment. The Red Tree here displays a graceful quality that holds sway over all those who are within in its sight, serving as a symbol of inspiration and strength.
I think we are all figureheads of a sort. We all hope to represent certain ideals and qualities and ideally they are apparent in how we present ourselves to the outside world. So it is vital to remember that we all in some way stand alone on a rise where we are visible to those around us. Our words and actions matter in a large way.
They can change the world…